Tossing old CDs, DVDs, jewel cases may be bad for environment

Arizona Republic, 8/1/2008

Downloading is better for the environment: CDs, DVDs and jewel cases are “difficult-to-recycle materials [that] can pollute groundwater and, in turn, contribute to a whole host of human health problems. But the low cost of producing such top-selling consumer items means that replacing them with something greener is not likely anytime soon. . . . According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, digital sales now account for some 30 percent of all U.S. music sales and 15 percent globally. And most consumer analysts expect these percentages to grow steadily in the coming years, which is good news for the environment.”